A Co Galway pharmacist is calling for tougher sentencing, for those convicted of burglaries and similar types of crime against pharmacists.

The Irish Pharmacy Union published a survey this week, showing that 80% of pharmacies were victims of crime in the past year, and one-third of those were violent incidents.

Cash and drugs were the most common items taken.

Tougher sentencing and a more visible Garda presence are among the measures needed to tackle this type of crime, according to Darragh O’Loughlin, Secretary General of the IPU, who’s own pharmacy in Tuam was targeted on New Years Eve night…

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